Friday, February 23, 2024

NFL Staff Picks: Week 14

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Scott Pianowski led last week at 7-5-1 and nailed his best bet of the 49ers. Kevin Payne continues to rule the standings at 99-89-5 (52.6 percent). 

Majority picks took it on the chin, going 4-8-1. 

Last week had no unanimous picks, but this week brings three picks that the group rallied around: the Ravens, Raiders and Giants. Four other teams garnered four votes each. 

As far as best bets, each handicapper went with a unique pick, though Pianowski and Dalton Del Don are on opposite sides of the Bills-Chiefs game. Pianowski likes the underdog Bills (+1.5), while Del Don likes the home-team Chiefs. 

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MATCHUP ERICKSON PIANOWSKI WHALEN PAYNE DEL DON
Patriots +6 at Steelers Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Steelers
Buccaneers +2.5 at Falcons Falcons Buccaneers Buccaneers Falcons Falcons
Rams +7 at Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens
Lions -3.5 at Bears Bears Bears Lions Lions Bears
Colts -1 at Bengals Bengals Bengals Bengals Colts Bengals
Jaguars +3 at Browns Jaguars Jaguars Browns Browns Browns
Panthers +5.5 at Saints Saints Panthers Saints Saints Panthers
Texans -5.5 at Jets Jets Texans Texans Texans Jets
Vikings -3 at Raiders Raiders Raiders Raiders Raiders Raiders
Seahawks +10.5 at 49ers 49ers Seahawks 49ers Seahawks Seahawks
Bills +1.5 at Chiefs Bills Bills Bills Bills Chiefs
Broncos +3 at Chargers Broncos Broncos Broncos Chargers Broncos
Eagles +3 at Cowboys Cowboys Cowboys Cowboys Eagles Eagles
Titans +13.5 at Dolphins Dolphins Titans Dolphins

Scott Pianowski led last week at 7-5-1 and nailed his best bet of the 49ers. Kevin Payne continues to rule the standings at 99-89-5 (52.6 percent). 

Majority picks took it on the chin, going 4-8-1. 

Last week had no unanimous picks, but this week brings three picks that the group rallied around: the Ravens, Raiders and Giants. Four other teams garnered four votes each. 

As far as best bets, each handicapper went with a unique pick, though Pianowski and Dalton Del Don are on opposite sides of the Bills-Chiefs game. Pianowski likes the underdog Bills (+1.5), while Del Don likes the home-team Chiefs. 

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MATCHUP ERICKSON PIANOWSKI WHALEN PAYNE DEL DON
Patriots +6 at Steelers Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Steelers
Buccaneers +2.5 at Falcons Falcons Buccaneers Buccaneers Falcons Falcons
Rams +7 at Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens
Lions -3.5 at Bears Bears Bears Lions Lions Bears
Colts -1 at Bengals Bengals Bengals Bengals Colts Bengals
Jaguars +3 at Browns Jaguars Jaguars Browns Browns Browns
Panthers +5.5 at Saints Saints Panthers Saints Saints Panthers
Texans -5.5 at Jets Jets Texans Texans Texans Jets
Vikings -3 at Raiders Raiders Raiders Raiders Raiders Raiders
Seahawks +10.5 at 49ers 49ers Seahawks 49ers Seahawks Seahawks
Bills +1.5 at Chiefs Bills Bills Bills Bills Chiefs
Broncos +3 at Chargers Broncos Broncos Broncos Chargers Broncos
Eagles +3 at Cowboys Cowboys Cowboys Cowboys Eagles Eagles
Titans +13.5 at Dolphins Dolphins Titans Dolphins Titans Dolphins
Packers -6.5 at Giants Giants Giants Giants Giants Giants
Best Bet Ravens Bills 49ers Eagles Chiefs
Last Week Record 4-8-1 7-5-1 4-8-1 6-6-1 6-6-1
2023 Record 92-96-5 89-99-5 86-102-5 99-89-5 88-100-5
2023 Best Bet Record 5-7-1 6-6-1 8-5 7-6 4-9
2023 Unanimous Pick Record 11-13        
2023 Majority Pick Record 90-98-5        
2022 Record 127-136-8 149-114-8 124-139-8 131-132-8 133-130-8
2021 Record 129-140-3 134-135-3 N/A 145-124-3 136-133-3
2020 Record 121-127-8 128-120-8 N/A 115-133-8 118-130-8
2019 Record 126-124-6 140-110-6 N/A 127-123-6 134-116-6
2018 Record 125-122-9 134-113-9 N/A N/A 120-127-9
2017 Record 117-125-14 128-114-14 N/A N/A 98-144-14
2016 Record 140-111-5 130-121-5 N/A N/A 132-119-5
2015 Record 134-114-8 120-128-8 N/A N/A 121-127-8
2014 Record 123-128-5 140-111-5 N/A N/A 128-123-5
2013 Record 132-114-10 118-128-10 N/A N/A 128-118-10
2012 Record 110-140-6 125-125-6 N/A N/A 123-127-6
2011 Record 121-128-7 134-115-7 N/A N/A 127-122-7
2010 Record 129-122-5 134-117-5 N/A N/A 134-117-5
2009 Record 123-130-3 132-121-3 N/A N/A 126-127-3
2008 Record 132-114-10 128-118-10 N/A N/A 130-116-10
2007 Record 127-120 118-129 N/A N/A 130-117
2006 Record 118-129 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2005 Record 121-126 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2004 Record 124-124 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2003 Record 121-126 118-129 N/A N/A N/A
2002 Record 113-136 123-126 N/A N/A N/A
2001 Record 124-113 117-120 N/A N/A N/A
2000 Record 123-117 134-106 N/A N/A N/A
WRITER COMMENT
Erickson There are a couple of instances where my number wasn’t quite big enough to take the side and I took it anyways — Dolphins was one of them. As for the Ravens, I just don’t trust the Rams on the road against a good team, especially one coming off the bye.
Pianowski I’d prefer Buffalo a lot more at +3 and hopefully it comes back. But they’re rested and they need this game more than Kansas City, and Buffalo’s offense is also far more dynamic than the KC offense. 
Whalen I don’t love many of the lines this week, so I’ll default to what I view as the most trustworthy team in the NFL: the San Francisco 49ers. Seattle is coming off of an explosive offensive game against Dallas, but I don’t think it can repeat that for a second consecutive week.
Payne I will not pick the Jets again. I will not pick the Jets again. Tough to see the Eagles losing two games in a row, but their schedule has been brutal the last few weeks.
Del Don Patrick Mahomes laying less than three at home coming off a loss — sign me up. Sometimes it’s hip to be square. 

The players:

• Jeff Erickson: RotoWire Senior Editor, 2001, 2008, 2013, 2015, 2016 Staff Picks champ. Writes the Weekly Rankings. Covers and roots for the Bengals.

• Scott Pianowski: Fantasy expert for Yahoo! Sports, and also contributes to RotoWire. 2009, 2011, 2014, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2022 Staff Picks champ. Roots for the Patriots.

• Nick Whalen: RotoWire Senior Media Analyst. Writes Beating the Book. Roots for the Jaguars.

• Kevin Payne: RotoWire Staff Writer, 2021 Staff Picks champ. Writes our Waiver Wire column. Roots for the Bills.

• Dalton Del Don: Fantasy Expert for Yahoo! Sports, 2007 Staff Picks champ. Roots for the 49ers.


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